"Use your ears to open your Soul" Ireland Local Custom Tip by lbhspatriot
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Irish Folk music is a window to soul. Vivid, tuneful, melodic, brisk and simple it is well known around the world as pleasurable to listen and easy to dance to.
Like all traditional music, Irish folk music has changed slowly. Most folk songs are less than two hundred years old. One measure of its age is the language used. Only modern Irish songs are written in English, with few exceptions. The rest are in Irish. Most of the oldest songs and tunes are rural in origin. Modern songs and tunes often come from cities and towns.
One of the most important instruments are the traditional repertoire, the fiddle (violin) and flute both instruments have been an integral part of Irish traditional music, but what seems to be well known today is the tin whistle along with the national symbol the Harp ..
One of the instrument hardest to manage is said to be the Uilleann pipes (pronounced ill-in or ill-yun depending upon local dialect) they are socomplex that is said to take years to learn to play. It was common to have learning to play the pipes said to be 7 years learning, 7 years practicing and 7 years playing before a piper could be said to have mastered his instrument.
Pub sessions are now the home for much of Irish traditional music, which takes place at informal gatherings in urban pubs. It seems a great place to hear traditional Irish music as part of a living and evolving tradition.
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